Donal Ryan, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, is the author of six number one bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won several awards for his fiction, including the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award and four Irish Book Awards, and has been shortlisted for several more, including the Costa Book Award and the Dublin International Literary Award. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut novel, The Spinning Heart, and again in 2018, for his fourth novel, From A Low and Quiet Sea. In 2021 he became the first Irish writer to be awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature.
Donal returns to Waterford to read from his latest novel, The Queen of Dirt Island, and chat about writing, inspiration and the importance of place. The event will be followed by a book signing.